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Bülent Arınç. AA photo

Bülent Arınç. AA photo

A French bill making the denial of Armenian claims a criminal offence was a "betrayal of history", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Thursday.

"I condemn the French parliament, which passed this bill meaning betrayal of history and historical truth," Arinc said on his Twitter account.

"The French parliament... dimmed out history and truth by approving the bill," he added.

Arinc accused the French lawmakers backing the bill of "bringing back the Inquisition", and he said the legislation was "evil-minded".

France's lower house of parliament approved the bill, which makes it a crime to deny that 1915 events amounted to a genocide during World War I.

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest.

The French Senate will now consider the draft law.

December/22/2011

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V Tiger

1/24/2012 6:36:21 AM

In 1923 Turkish court which took 63 sessions condemned Young Turks leaders to the death penalty for the massacre of its citizens of Armenians.Time for honest Turkish citizens to question their state & above all it's deep state

Christoph

12/22/2011 5:12:54 PM

Threats, demands and ultimatums didn't impress the French. Maybe it's time Turkish government officials reevaluated their foreign policy communication practices? Davutoglu is a complete failure as Turkey's FM.
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